Trump can’t help himself. Aboard Air Force One, the President Of The United States defended racists and completely self-destructed while talking to reporters.
Transcript via The White House as provided to PoliticusUSA:
Q You met yesterday with Senator Tim Scott. He seemed to go back to the Hill and suggest to reporters there that he expressed some frustration about the way you had handled the aftermath of Charlottesville and maybe even pressed to add some more African Americans in senior ranks in your administration — African American Republicans. Were those things discussed? Can you tell us a little bit more about how you reacted?
THE PRESIDENT: Tim Scott has been a friend of mine for a long time. I’ve been a supporter of his when I was civilian. I was one of his earliest supporters, and I supported him when he ran.
And we had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that’s what I said.
Now because of what’s happened since then, with Antifa, you look at, you know, really what’s happened since Charlottesville — a lot of people are saying — in fact a lot of people have actually written, “gee Trump might have a point.” I said, you got some very bad people on the other side also, which is true.
But we had a great conversation and he also has legislation, which I actually like very much — the concept of which, I support — to get people going into certain areas and building and constructing and putting people to work. And I told him yesterday, that’s a concept I could support very easily.
The only time Donald Trump doesn’t defend racists is when he is chained to his teleprompter and reading someone else’s words. When Trump is talking about his own views, he defends Nazis, racists, and white supremacists. It isn’t an accident. This is what Trump really believes.
The media needs to stop treating these beliefs like they are political gaffes. These aren’t errors or mistakes. Trump really does believe that the racists are good people, and that the people standing up to racism are the problem.
America needs to come to grips with the fact that the President is a racist, and no matter how many meetings he has with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), he is still going to believe that there were “bad people on both sides.”
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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